Summer is the perfect time to pack a picnic and head to the local park for some family time. You can enjoy fresh air, sneak in some exercise and enjoy some tasty dishes. Make sure to pack your basket with fresh and tasty recipes using fresh produce at the season’s peak!
Picnics require dishes that are easy to make, pack well and are portable to your destination. A good cooler bag, ice packs and airtight containers are a must. Meals like sandwiches, salads and wraps are all perfect for packing.
This lightened-up chicken salad is perfect to prep on the weekend and enjoy on sandwiches, in wraps, as a salad topper or with crackers all week! Filled with celery, apples and almonds for a sweet, tangy recipe.
This Mediterranean Chopped Salad is one of our go-to salads for summer. Filled with fresh ingredients like romaine lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumber and onions, you’re sure to get your fill of fresh produce! Serve with toasted pita or add grilled chicken for a heartier salad.
Trying to switch up your sandwich routine? Try rolling up your favorite sandwich toppings into a wrap and cutting into pinwheels. They’re the perfect kid-friendly food. Customize this recipe with your favorite lunchmeat, cheese, spreads and veggies!
Light, flavorful and packed with good-for-you ingredients like lentils, cucumber, onions, tomatoes and bell peppers, this Mediterranean Lentil Salad is the perfect summer dish. Great for a light lunch or as a side dish paired with your favorite grilled protein.
Whether you’re packing these ham, apple and cheese wraps in a lunchbox, serving as an after-school snack or setting out at a party for an easy appetizer, this sweet and savory combination will be a hit! The sweet, crunchy apple slices pair perfectly with the savory ham and cheese for a crisp snack.
This colorful fruity bruschetta recipe is quick to make, delicious and a perfect way to celebrate all your summertime favorites. Serve over sliced and toasted whole wheat baguette or as a salsa with tortilla chips.
Transport yourself to a hammock on the beach with one sip of this tropical mocktail. Made with coconut milk, orange juice and pineapple juice, it’s a simple, no-sugar-added beverage for your next cookout or pool party that kids and adults will love. Make a batch to serve over crushed ice or blend into a delicious smoothie.
Fresh cherries, crunchy walnuts and chocolate chips give these healthier muffins tons of flavor without a lot of sugar. Made with white whole wheat flour, ripe bananas, Greek yogurt and almond milk, then lightly sweetened with maple syrup for a delicious way to use up extra cherries this summer!
Whether you’re having a special occasion or just looking for a refreshing treat after a long day, this sparkling pomegranate lemonade is perfect. Using Meyer lemons and a splash of pomegranate juice lets you to use less sugar without the lemonade being too tart for little ones.
What better way to use peaches during peak season than turning them into these delicious hand pies? With just 3 simple ingredients, these small handheld desserts are the perfect summer treat! Let your kids in on the action by letting them cut the dough, fill and seal edges with a fork.
Trish is a grocery industry veteran of 15 years, specifically in the produce industry for nine, working alongside health-conscious brands. Trish is the mom of two very active boys and passionate about helping others, especially in her community, which is why she appreciates the work we do at Produce for Kids. She can be found volunteering weekly at her local food bank. Trish loves providing useful, relevant, and realistic resources to Produce for Kids followers – no parent-shaming, just inspiring new habits and celebrating wins. Find her regular contributions on the Produce for Kids Blog.